Monday, December 28, 2009

Victorian Mansion Lighting Study

These are the first two renders of the lighting studies for this model. There were experiments with warm and cool lighting for the two studies. These are also Quick Renders in the Rendering program Kerkythea. I believe that is the reason for some of the art effects. The general effect of the lighting is close to what I am after.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Test renders

This is a series of test renders for the current model I've been working on. Part of my motivation for this model was to see what level of detail SketchUp can take at present. I have been very pleased with the performance of the software. My computer however is showing signs of stress. Only a couple of textures have been added so far. More to come

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Victorian Mansion

I've been working on this very detailed project. I just wanted to let everyone know I'm still working. I wanted this project to test the ability of SketchUp to do a large detailed project. This project is not finished. There is a great bit of detail left to do. And a lot of clean up to do as well. So far SketchUp had been handling the work well. I believe it's my computer that's getting the work out.Once again I'm always open to comments and suggestions.Also a big thanks to those of you who have subscribed to my site.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Window Curved Victorian

This is curved window designed to fit on the rounded room detail of Victorian buildings. I've draw several Victorian homes in SketchUp and had a need for this type of window. I finally figured out how to construct this type of window. I personally like this type of window and would like to see them come back in modern architecture.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Still Life

These Still Life images are a result of my art background. I thought I would spend some time exploring the traditional art concept of Still Life. This form was used by artists to demonstrate their ability to create a wide variety of textures and surfaces. These first examples because glass, stone, and metal are relative easy subjects in contemporary computer art. It is obviously going to take additional work to tackle some of the textures of Traditional Still Life painting. I'm open for suggestions and guidance in this area.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

1955 Flying Cloud Airstream

This is the final design changes for the trailer I'm restoring at the moment. I have given it a transparent glass shell in place of the Aluminum one. That allows the viewer to have a feel for the space inside the trailer while still seeing the detail of the interior.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Working on Airstream

Hi, those who follow my Blog. I have not forsaken SketchUp. I'm out working on the 55 Flying Cloud Airstream trailed that I used SketchUp to redesign. After all it's real cool to do design work and then put it into the real world. Here is the thread on the Airstream work.
Thanks Don

Friday, July 3, 2009

Yreka, CA "Black's Building" Renovation

This video is for the Black's Building and Parking Lot renovation project. The original work was done in SketchUp 7 Pro and the Animation was rendered in Kerkythea. The fly through starts at the entrance of the parking lot and ends inside the Black's Building hallway just before entering Minor St.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Green House Victorian Octagon

This is the latest design for a green house for our yard. The house we live in is a Victorian that was built in 1900. This design would be more fitting. It is build from 1 1/4" square steel tubing and covered with corrugated fiberglass. There are multiple vents in the bottom and the top for controlling ventilation. A jib will be built to reproduce the eight segments of the design. The lacy design quality of this design is more in the Victorian feeling. To cover the exterior of the framework would make the design have a greater Victorian feeling. However the cost of the glass and the weather in our area might not make glass a good solution. Comments on this and other designs are always welcome.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

CNC router table

This is a design for a CNC router table. I've always been fascinated by these machines and thought I'd like to build one. I could use it for creating Victorian type details on the restoration of our Victorian Home.

Monday, May 18, 2009

1903 Cadillac Replicar

The picture below is a design I've been working on. It's modeled after a 1903 Cadillac. The first car Cadillac made. The current design is powered by a lawnmower gas engine with a vertical shaft. The concept is to use a friction drive system with the weight of the car and passengers creating the pressure contact between the flywheel and drive line tire. As yet a lever has not been designed that will lift the weight away from the drive wheel. This is the method I plan to use to create a neutral and start position. The suspension is something of a tricycle type creation. The front wheels and the drive line wheel create the tricycle arrangement. This should allow for flexibilities over varied terrain. Anyone out there have thoughts?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Black's Building Restoration

The following slide show is one proposal to begin the Black's Building reconstruction project. This is a multistage project that will begin with a volunteer organization. The stages will be centered around the following: The original portion of the building from the front on Minor St. to the Sandstone wall in the back, The back portion of the building will be torn down and an outside covered patio will be constructed in this area, The construction of the parking lot in the rear of the historic buildings, The addition of a entry sign and decorative details of the building and the patio area, The creation of an entrance into the Franco-American Hotel, Please feel free to ad comments and suggestion to this proposal.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Bank Building

This SketchUp work in in progress.
The Bank Building that sits on the corner of Miner and Third St. in Yreka. There has been a Bank Building here since the early days of Yreka. The first bank was a one story building. This building has gone through several changes in its history. This current rendering is close to what it look like today.